Inspiring stories featuring entrepreneurs from all walks of life in Finland
“You Are Here To Serve People” – Edem Abekey, Founder of Inkuto
Edem Abekey, Founder of Inkuto – a company that offers wide-ranging skincare products made from indigenous African natural resources. Edem is dedicated to promoting sustainability, empowering women and supporting the community in Ghana.
“We are a part of the transformation Finland is witnessing”, Anne Badan – Co-founder of The Shortcut
We couldn’t hide our surprise when Anne told us “I wish my organization would not exist”. But don’t get it wrong. Anne loves what she’s doing and the people around her. She just expresses her honest view on the problem they are solving – the mismatch of talents in the Finnish job market.
Since early childhood, Daniel Rahman has seen the contrast between Finland’s inefficient labour market and the job struggles people face when they first move here. He asks, “why aren’t we putting skilled workers into the jobs they’re qualified for?” Growing up, Daniel developed his interest in socioeconomics, especially the topic of the labour force and immigration.
Together with the determination to become an entrepreneur since he was in school, Daniel has followed his dream and successfully set up several companies, including Integrify – an organization that teaches software development and data science to talented and highly educated people and then connects them with jobs.
You can hardly be sure if you like something until you try it out. And it’s often the case that people take on the entrepreneurship journey unintentionally. Lasse’s story on how he became an entrepreneur is an example. Sometimes all it takes is just a motivation to do good things. And entrepreneurship comes as a powerful tool to achieve one’s dream.
Being raised under the northern lights and suffering from bad indoor air quality himself, Aki was so motivated to find a cure for his own trouble. With dedication and a belief in doing good, he turns out to be an entrepreneur “exporting” Finnish air to the world. In 2017, he was nominated to be among the finalists for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Finland, also as PWC’s Most Valuable Entrepreneur (2015) and Young Academic Entrepreneur (2014).
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“Immigrants are not a homogenous group of people. Some move to Finland as refugees, some for studying or because of work. They also have different social backgrounds, educational experiences, and professional careers. Sadly for some of them, opportunities seem to never knock on their door. This creates a lot of inefficiencies which can then lead to personal struggles and economic disadvantage.”
Daniel Rahman and his team started Integrify from frustration but continue to move forward being driven by the positive impacts on improving people’s lives.
Social integration is not a challenge for one specific country. It happens everywhere. Watch Daniel’s video story to find out more about how entrepreneurship helps to solve this global issue.
Entrepreneurship is not for everybody. Yes, but if you have not tried, how can you know it’s not for you? Familiarise yourself with the entrepreneurial journey of other experienced entrepreneurs could be a great way to justify if entrepreneurship is for you.
For the first time on Entrepreneurs of Finland, our video story will reveal the journey of an entrepreneur in the finance and investment sector. How Lasse Mäkelä and his super-team have founded and successfully run Invesdor – a FinTech with a mission to make Europe a better place especially for investors and startups?
Have you ever noticed that you feel more tired and work less effectively just because you stay indoors for so long?
To kick off the Entrepreneurs of Finland’s signature series in 2020, we’re excited to introduce a story about Aki Soudunsaari – how he has successfully founded Naava, a Finnish Greentech company helping people to improve health, happiness, and performance by bringing natural Nordic forest air to the world.
Joel came to Finland after falling in love with a Finn, but the reason that kept him stay in the country is the weather. Joel loves the Finnish summer and how the social system works beautifully here. From his experience, he encourages Finland to open the door for immigrants more and see them as an advantage instead of a liability.